Physical Therapy Specialist

National Healthcare Center -  - Urgent Care

National Healthcare Center

Urgent Care located in Stockbridge, GA & Atlanta, GA

You might not feel much like moving after surgery or when you’ve suffered a serious illness or injury, but if you don’t use your muscles and joints, you could end up in even worse shape. If you’re injured, sick, or have a chronic health condition, the board-certified primary care specialists at National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, can help rebuild your strength and flexibility safely and effectively. To get started with physical therapy, call or book an appointment online today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy takes numerous forms, all of which use noninvasive hands-on treatments and advanced forms of technology to:

  • Increase muscle strength
  • Improve your range of movement
  • Increase flexibility
  • Prevent disability
  • Help improve balance
  • Help with bladder or bowel control

Physical therapies can delay the need for surgery and even dispense with it altogether. You can also benefit from physical therapy when becoming accustomed to using assistive devices like walkers and braces, or if you need to wear an artificial limb.

When would I need physical therapy?

Physical therapy is an invaluable approach to restoring function and relieving pain following injury, surgery, or a severe illness. It also plays an essential role in helping you cope with disabilities and chronic health problems.

From giving birth to post-stroke recovery, healing fractures and connective tissue damage, and managing conditions like fibromyalgia, diabetes, and arthritis, physical therapy may be a fundamental part of your treatment plan.

What forms of physical therapy are there?

There are numerous forms of physical therapy. National Healthcare Center offers an extensive range of expert physical therapy services, including:

  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Manual massage therapy
  • Electrical stimulation (e-stim)
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Dry and moist heat
  • Cold therapies
  • Light therapy
  • Paraffin bath
  • Neuromuscular reprogramming
  • Strapping

The team at National Healthcare Center also provides occupational health services. These services help you learn better ways of managing everyday tasks and coping with daily living when you have a disability or chronic health problem.

Physical therapy typically forms part of a comprehensive treatment program. The type of physical therapy you need depends on your condition.

How can I do physical therapy when I am in pain?

Some types of physical therapy, like therapeutic massage, are soothing and relaxing, which is very welcome when you’re feeling low and weak. Others are more energetic and could make you feel sore and tired.

The idea of doing physical therapy when you’re in pain might be unappealing, but the benefits make any effort more than worthwhile. Physical therapy is essential for preventing pain from getting worse and keeping you mobile.

If you need to do exercises for conditions like sciatica and you’re finding the pain too intense, your provider can give you medication to ease the pain, making it easier to keep active.

What happens if I don’t have physical therapy?

If you don’t take part in physical therapy, your muscles weaken, and tendons and ligaments tighten. In time, your soft tissues could shorten or atrophy, making it difficult to move and causing further chronic pain problems.

For more information about physical therapy and how it can help you, call National Healthcare Center or book an appointment online today.